Florida Flavors: Island Cow for udderly great food and fun



Island Cow Coconut Fish (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Island Cow Coconut Fish (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Visit an island favorite on your Florida vacation

Sanibel Island is known for its shelling and long sandy beaches, but it has one of the local’s best kept secrets: the Island Cow. You’ll pass by it on the main road, and if you’re craving something snacky and a fun place to take your kids, make sure you stop in. Voted the best family restaurant year after year, on any given day, it’s packed and following are the reasons why (don’t worry if you don’t have time to stand in line – they do takeout):

Fun Atmosphere

From the bright colours and decor to the games listed below, everything about Island Cow is whimsical. Signs such as “Moowear” and “Unattended children will be sold as slaves” give you a sense of the atmosphere.


Island Cow makes waiting for a table easier with children. There are two cages with wildlife, one out back and one in the front. There are colourful Adirondack chairs to sit in, a bag to toss, a cow to hug and a cow photo opp on the back deck.

Island Cow Restaurant (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Island Cow Restaurant (credit: HolidayTripper.com)


From “Pastabilities” and “udderly” great sandwiches to Cowa Bunga Quesadilla and Island Cow Pie, the 4 page menu gives tons of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start by dipping your bread into the spicy marinara sauce that comes with ‘Uncle John’s Mooliscious Mussels”, then try the fresh catch prepared as you like it – pan seared with coconut or blackened and spicy. You can get regular sides such as fries or fresh veggies, or choose from southern favorites like hush puppies or cheese grits. If you can’t decide on the possibilities, the Black beans ‘n rice or Adobo Grilled Chicken Salad are island favorites.

Moooore Dessert!

Make sure you leave room for Island cow deserts. From the simple Purple Cow, with grape juice drizzled over vanilla ice cream to the cherry coke float of the Cow Potion, there are also homemade pies, cakes or ice cream sundaes. If you’re health conscious, there are also frozen smoothies, although it’s hard to pass up the double chocolate in the Mighty Chocolate Moo!


2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island

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